These days the Shiites all over the world celebrate the day of the death of one of the key representatives of Shiite Islam, the son of its founder, Ali, that is, the third Imam Hussein, his brother and 70 associates on Kerbelinskom field (Iraq). It is in the Shiite branch of Islam is one of the sacred rituals, which for a few days, including a 10-day mohharama - Islamic calendar, Ashoura accompanied by prayers for the resurrection, Lamentations, parades and other ritual ceremonies. In connection with all these key events in recent times come to Azerbaijan, because the prohibition on carrying out certain rituals. In an interview with "Aravot" Iranist Artyom Tonoyan first talked about the fact that Azerbaijan, where 85 percent of the population considered to be adherents of Shi'ism, according to a recent submission and approval of the Parliament Act, prohibited conduct any religious activities during Ashura in other places other than mosques placement on the streets and other public places, religious posters, especially mentioning the name of Imam Hussein.
"In addition, in order to prevent the religious processions of the Azerbaijani authorities for years have used and continue to use paragraph 3 of Article 48 of the Constitution, which states that religious ceremonies may be conducted freely, if they do not violate public order and is not contrary to public morality," - said Artem Tonoyan. Then Iranist touched on the question of what is the reason that as a country where Shiites make up the majority, Azerbaijan does not want to allow the performance of sacred rituals of this religion. "There are two main reasons. First of all, the political elite of Azerbaijan is afraid of any mass gatherings, be they political or religious. In this case, for all the world's Shiite Imam Hussein represents the fight against the dictatorship, is the covenant of the fight against violence by any means, even at the cost of life.
In this regard, for the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his entourage quite unpleasant to see on the streets gathering of people who share the idea of fighting against this violence, as Aliyev, as a dictator, he sees in these meetings, direct and real threat. The second and most important reason: in Azerbaijan are afraid of strengthening of Iranian influence in the society, as the increase in the rate of the Shiite movement simply means the return of Azerbaijani community to the Iranian identity. "